In 2013 our student ministry got to be challenged by AJ Styles about authenticity.
He and I spent some time chatting afterwards about his current organization that he worked for and his contract that was expiring. When I asked, “What’s next? The big stage?”, he mentioned, “Man, I just want to do what’s best for my family and stay true to my faith.” He ended up wrestling around the world in the prestigious New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Back in January, he finally joined WWE, the world’s leader in sports entertainment. He and I spoke some on and off about different concerns. Would the fans even embrace him? Would the management do anything with him or just utilize him for enhancement talent (making the younger guys look good)?
And here he is, September 11th, having officially one gold in every major wrestling promotion around the world.